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. Volume XVII Number 28. . . .March 25, 2011
A young girl and her family leave their country to make a home in Canada. Arriving during the winter months, Luna has to adjust to not only the new culture, but also the climate. Luna doesn't like the "shivery, quivery, goosebumpy, numb-fingery, teeth-chattering" feel of snow. She has a hard time making a friend and finds her new surroundings both physically and emotionally chilly.
Although she takes comfort in her close-knit family, every night she wishes "for a little warmth, a friend." At school, she puts on a brave smile, but not being able to speak English makes it hard to be able to share her true feelings. Eventually, Luna discovers that "there were many children like her new to the ice and the snow and the coldest city in the world." On the playground, she holds hands and enjoys her new friends, finally finding the warmth for which she was looking.
Luna's loneliness and sense of isolation is well captured. Coldness is emphasized in such repeated phrases as "white like milk and cold as ice". Wendy Siemens' water colour illustrations have a snowy border that resembles a frosted window pane.
Linda Ludke is a librarian in London, ON.
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